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***The official Alden thread *** Share enthusiasm, reviews, sizing, advice, and photos.

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jet, Nov 3, 2008.

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  1. tifosi

    tifosi Senior member

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    +1 Ready for the next one!!
     
  2. BenLeaman

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    My brother got me into Aldens and while he is on SF he doesn't participate in this thread.
    I have been fortunate enough to meet quite a few of the guys on here though...
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    Once with my Unionmade Halleck boots but my Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots always draw compliments :D
     
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    New @ Unionmade and very... green.

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    Hello everyone, I'm new to the site, but not this thread. I've been lurking for a while now, ogling all of the beautiful Adens you have. I'm committed to buying a pair, but I have limited knowledge of sizing and there aren't any places near me that have Aldens I could try on. My only 'quality' leather boots I've owned thus far are the more expensive Chippewas, and some Thorogoods, both of which I've retired after years of hard use. Currently I'm wearing another pair of Chippewa 6in boots, and they're aging & wearing beautifully (I've included a picture because I do love them[they look darker than they actually are]). With all of that said, I would like some opinions and suggestions on where to start with Aldens.

    --I'm a size 11D in sneakers, Sperrys as well, but in most boots I'm a 10-10.5D depending on the make/manufacturer. I'm a 10.5 in Clarks.
    --I definitely want a boot, but I'm not particularly fond of the captoe. I love the wingtip styling but since I'm in school I don't think that it's appropriate considering I'm wearing just Nudie jeans or Naked & Famous selvedge jeans w/ a casual dress shirt, sweater, or a flannel, more or less, every day. Suggestions on a compromise between the two?
    --How much should I expect to spend? Upwards of $600? (or in the $5-600 range?)
    --Where, other than LSHi, should I go to get these boots online?

    I want something nice, but not too dressy. I understand that they're boots, but I'm not going to be roughing them up like less expensive ones. I intend to wear them almost daily, giving them a break with cedar shoe trees of course, so comfort-wise, which sole should I be looking? For durability? Also, thoughts on shoe polish/cream/mink oil/etc. Should I start w/ saddle soap right out of the box, or apply product as needed?

    Sorry for so many questions, I'm a newbie at this. Looking forward to all response. Have a happy NYE [​IMG]


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  6. tifosi

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    I wonder if stevent is tired of us mentioning him for every green shoe in every thread??? hahaha
     
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    Haha

    That said not really a fan of the contrast stitching / welt
     
  8. rydenfan

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    But...its green. You have to buy it. Lol
     
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    @AidanSSK

    Welcome!

    Sorry for quick post but about to jump on a plane. I wear wingtip boots in a casual seeing all the time. I would not be concerned at all.

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    I'd love a green shoe, but damn, can a guy get a 3E from one of these retailers?
     
  11. Bbombers85

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    Too rich for my blood - I can get 2 rare shells by just waiting the year out for that. However, the description throws me off. It says he has 4 pairs available - what sizes? Also, it says, "Size 's' available." What does that even mean?
     
  12. loanshark

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    2014 was when I really became interested in Alden. During the past year I was lucky to acquire:

    #8 BB tassels
    #8 BB shortwing bals
    #8 J Crew PCT
    Brown CXL Epaulet Innsbruck Indy
    Tan suede unlined chukka
    snuff suede unlined chukka
    snuff suede LHS
    Two other shells - C&J for PRL Marlow Penny loafers & AE brown chukkas

    All two of the above were second hand purchases and I feel I hit on all but the PRL Marlow loafers and BB shortwings (I should've gone down .5 size on both). These will probably be up for sale soon.


    My 2015 wish list (I will be pleased if I'm fortunate enough to acquire 3-4 of the below):

    natty CXL Indy (on leffot pre-order, but will probably sell or try to transfer deposit)
    Cigar Indy on commando
    Ravello captoe boot on commando (^ are these two both DC makeups?)
    #8 Leffot dovers
    #8 Leffot Tankers
    Black Leffot Naval boot
    Whiskey LHS
    Ravello WT boot (^ who makes these?)
    C&J Marlow swb
    C&J Islay boots

    I'm 10D barrie so if anyone is trying to unload one of the above please let me know.

    I went TTS for a vintage find on ebay, but I wish I would've used my Barrie size (-.5). My foot is borderline C/D though so that may be part of the issue. Anyway I can wear them no problem with thicker socks.


    Twice - once in an airport and once in a local bar. Both times I was wearing Indy's.
     
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    "S" stands for suckers.
     
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    Walking by Union Square in San Francisco, some dude on the street complemented me on both my Indys and my Gustin jeans. Not too surprised about the boots, but very surprised about the jeans.
     
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    Did you ask for his styfo handle?
     
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    ...same thing happened to me in in San Fran...
     
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    2014 Acquisitions

    • Unipair snuff Nassau derby (PTB)
    • Alden of Carmel #8 shell Wingtip boot
    • NeedSupply Alpine grain Indy
    • Unionmade choco suede Indy
    • DC Ravello shell Straight Tip boot on commando (*Grail) "nightcaps"
    • Leffot Black shell LWB
    • Haberdasher Tan suede Indy derby on trubalance
    • Alden Madison Black shell Straight Tip Boot - no hooks
    • Leffot Alpine grain Wingtip Boot on commando
    • Leffot Black shell Naval Boot

    Pre- order due 2015' ish
    • Citi Shoes Alpine grain Tanker
    • Context #8 shell Tanker
    • Epaulet Alt Wein
    • Madison Black shell Perf captoe oxford
    • Madison Ravello LWB

    Wishlist
    • #4 wingtip boot
    • AoC black shell wingtip boot on commando?
    • my pre-orders come in
    • I get a pre-order for something in cigar - wingtip boot, or perhaps should just get on DC list
    • tan suede chukka? or snuff
    • snuff boot
    • reverse chamois boot or shoe
    • more foot balance heels
    • my promotion and finish school w/ 4.0 GPA, oh yes
    • peace on earth - good will to all
    • I find my lost tie, really how do I replace that - suggestions please

    I have some Aldens that will be very similar to others and may need to sell
    I have a pair of straight tip boots that were a bargain but do not fit me right, they could be replaced I think the last was not correct.

    Top shoe this year is MoosicPA and his Russian leather boots.
    I loved seeing all the Ravello - those wingtips were special - I held my first pair of Ravello and wore them in the rain by the third try-on.
    I may have to buy and keep a horse alive to make amends, but the butt is used and lives on in the best way, my ancestors found every use for the buffalo

    PM me for any cigar Lists please.
     
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